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Soundview Executive Book Summaries® publishes summaries of the best business books of each year on career and self-development subjects including business communication, time management, public speaking, motivation, goals, negotiation, work-life balance, emotional intelligence, presentation skills, decision-making and more. Browse our list of summary titles to find those that will move your career and life forward.

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  • Image of The Power of Presence
    Image of The Power of Presence

    Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others

    by Kristi Hedges

    Author Kristi Hedges has witnessed even the highest-level people struggle to connect and communicate. Her experiences have helped her develop the unique I-Presence™ model, which is equal parts communication aptitude, mental attitude and authentic style.

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    The Art of Storytelling for Business Success

    by Esther K. Choy

    Let the Story Do the Work shows you how to mine your experience for simple narratives that convey who you are, what you want to achieve, and why others should care.

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    Image of The Icarus Deception

    How High Will You Fly?

    by Seth Godin

    In his bravest and most challenging book yet, Seth Godin shows how we can thrive in an economy that rewards art, not compliance.

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  • Image of Work Without Stress
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    Building a Resilient Mindset for Lasting Success

    by Derek Roger, Nick Petrie

    Stress is not a natural response to the pressures at work. It’s a choice that you make. Derek Roger and Nick Petrie offer a new approach to stress. It has to do with being resilient, flexible, mentally awake and in the moment.

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    The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

    by Daniel H. Pink

    In Drive, Daniel Pink examines the three elements of true motivation — autonomy, mastery, and purpose — and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action.

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  • Image of Linchpin
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    Are You Indispensable?

    by Seth Godin

    Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. Like the small piece of hardware that keeps a wheel from falling off its axle, they may not be famous, but they’re indispensable. And in today’s world, they get the best jobs and the most freedom. Seth Godin’s latest book shows you how to become a linchpin in your organization.

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  • Image of Outliers
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    The Story of Success

    by Malcolm Gladwell

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers examines the commonality of successful people and organizations and investigates as to why some of the world's greatest achievers are beneficiaries of hidden advantages.

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  • Image of The Power of Full Engagement
    Image of The Power of Full Engagement

    Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal

    by Tony Schwartz, Jim Loehr

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    As its subtitle suggests, the key to getting the most out of your performance is how you manage energy, not time. The authors discuss the four key sources of energy and provide a scientific approach to create energy management rituals that are specific to the results you need. The book is based on methods that were used by a number of professional athletes.

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    Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone

    by Mark Goulston

    Veteran psychiatrist and business coach Mark Goulston reveals the secret to how to get through to anyone, even when productive communication seems impossible. With this powerful and engaging book, you learn how to: get the attention of a total stranger who you need to know; talk an angry person from an irrational state to receptivity; use the “magic paradox”; and master the critical art of buy-in.

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